Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 13

"The Outer Limits" premiered on September 13, 1963.

‘The Outer Limits’ Take Control of Our TVs for the First Time

Often compared to The Twilight Zone (but with a focus strictly on science fiction) The Outer Limits premiered on this day in 1963 on ABC. Originally titled Please Stand By but rejected by the network, The Outer Limits was created by Leslie Stevens. Each episode opened with voice actor Vic Perrin stating that “there is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…” Season one of the series often mixed science fiction and horror together featuring some type of monster and the show received fairly good ratings. However, the second season didn’t fare as well having been moved from Monday to Saturday and having to go up against Jackie Gleason. The stories were largely changed to focus more on more hard science fiction. The show was cancelled halfway through the second season. The series was revived in 1995 on Showtime and ran for five seasons before moving to the Sci-Fi Channel to run for two more.

"Scooby-Doo Where are You!" premiered on Saturday, September 13, 1969.

‘Scooby-Doo Where are You?” Premieres

Scooby-Doo is just as popular today as he was when his first premiered Saturday morning on this day in 1969. Originally, Hanna-Barbera put together a whole different show. CBS was looking for companion piece to match the look and feel of its’ Archie Show. The Mysteries Five featured five teens and their dog, Too Much, who played rock music when they weren’t solving mysteries. The show went through many changes including taking away one cast member, re-naming all of the characters and taking out the rock band element. (Hanna-Barbera basically used that formula the following year with Josie and the Pussycats). The characters were strongly based on the TV show, Dobie Gillis. Too Much got a name change too. After hearing Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” (where he sings "doo-be-doo-be-doo") they decided that “Scooby-Doo” was a better name for the dog.